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18 Sep

Happy 80th Anniversary to Granddad, an Australian Lungfish

 

The oldest living fish in any zoo or aquarium, Granddad, an Australian lungfish, celebrated his 80th anniversary at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago yesterday.

One of the aquarium's most popular seniors, Granddad is about 4 feet long and 20 pounds. When he moved in to Shedd in 1933, he was full grown so his exact age is unknown — Granddad could be anywhere from 82 to 85 years old.

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Photo: Granddad, the Australian lungfish ©Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez

The Australian Consulate honored Granddad and the top quality care he's received over the decades with an official proclamation and a visit by Australia's Consul General Roger Price.

Granddad also received a special "ice cake," complete with smelt, herbivore gel squares, yellow squash, green peas, grated carrot and sweet potato. The two tiers are covered with a seaweed frosting and garnished with shredded escarole greens, carrots and raspberries. Um ... Yum!?  Check out the frozen, work of art:

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Photo: Granddad's special anniversary cake ©Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez

Find out more about the lungfish in our Fish Guide and watch Jeremy Wade reel in a, um, "gassy" cousin of Granddad, the African Lungfish — apparently, he likes to belch:

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Betty Chu is a Digital Media Executive Producer for AnimalPlanet.com. Follow her on Twitter @beddychew or Facebook for the cutest animal posts EVER.


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